The White Sox added five players to the team's 40-man roster Tuesday, thus protecting them from being selected in December's Rule 5 Draft. The contracts of outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley, left-hander Santos Rodriguez and right-handers Andre Rienzo and Charlie Shirek were purchased, leaving the White Sox with 39 players on their 40-man roster.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they are not on a team's 40-man roster and have been in the organization for four or more years (that number increases to five or more if a player was signed before age 18). Mitchell and Phegley were the team's first and second-round picks in 2009, while Rienzo, a native of Brazil, just completed his fourth year with the organization. Rodriguez joined the White Sox in 2009 as part of the return from Atlanta for Javier Vazquez, while Shirek has been part of the White Sox farm system since 2007.
Mitchell hit .237.358.420 with 11 home runs and 21 steals between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012, although his progress remained stunted by a high strikeout total (179 in 130 games). Phegley, who battled a blood disease for most of his career in the Sox system, hit .266.306.373 in 102 games for Triple-A Charlotte while throwing out 46 percent of attempted base-stealers.
Rienzo, who wrapped up a stint in the Arizona Fall League early to join team Brazil's successful World Baseball Classic bid, compiled a 2.53 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 42 walks over 103 13 innings between Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. The 24-year-old was suspended 50 games in April for violating Minor League Baseball's drug treatment and prevention program.
Rodriguez, a hard-throwing lefty reliever, struck out 69 in 71 13 innings between Birmingham and Charlotte. And the 27-year-old Shirek enjoyed some success at Triple-A, posting a 3.65 ERA with 117 strikeouts and only 29 walks in 170 13 innings in 2012.
With only one open spot on the 40-man roster, the White Sox would have to designate a player or two for assignment to add multiple pieces in the offseason via free agency.
The White Sox tout one of baseball's best farm systems, and CSN is taking you behind the scenes of those teams and top prospects with our latest Original Production.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte and White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem, presented by Ozinga, will air back-to-back tonight at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on CSN. You can also catch a live stream of both airings right here via the NBC Sports app.
White Sox Cornerstones: Charlotte will provide viewers a look at some of the brightest young stars in the game, including baseball's top prospect Yoan Moncada. The 21-year-old Moncada is batting .333 with six home runs and 13 RBIs in 33 games and was recently named the International League Player of the Week. We sit down with Moncada to discuss his development as a player, as well as his relationship with White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.
The Knights also tout top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito, as well as pitchers Carson Fulmer, Zack Burdi and Reynaldo Lopez. Burdi and Fulmer will "walk to work" with CSN and discuss their mentality leading up to a game, what it means to be part of a rebuild and how their Charlotte teammates remain competitive even off the field.
You'll also hear from White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek and Knights pitching coach Steve McCatty.
Then stay tuned in for White Sox Cornerstones: Birmingham & Winston-Salem as we ride the bus with the Birmingham Barons following their road win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The 90-minute bus ride includes interviews with No. 3 prospect Michael Kopech, who is 2-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 2017. The 21-year-old who came over with Moncada in the Chris Sale deal this past winter has struck out 51 batters in 35.1 innings. Kopech discusses his obsession with being the best and his thoughts on being a part of the White Sox rebuild.
We'll also travel to Salem, Virginia as the White Sox square off against the Salem Red Sox. CSN will sit down with No. 6 prospect Zack Collins and pitcher Tanner Banks. Collins discusses his thoughts on becoming the catcher of the future on Chicago's South Side.
You'll also hear from propsects Luis Alexander Basabe, Dane Dunning, Spencer Adams and manager Willie Harris, among others.
Watch as the White Sox open their series against the Arizona Diamondbacks Monday night on CSN and live streaming on the NBC Sports app.
Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 8:00 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Tonight's starting pitching matchup: Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09 ERA)
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